6 Things I’m Thinking About 11/18

  1. Jason Low, publisher at LEE & LOW BOOKS and a dear mentor, wrote about his insights on diversity in publishing for the School Library Journal. He has a lot to say about the important work of dismantling racism in the earliest representations that come into kids’ hands.
  2. Can fiction (particularly YA historical fiction) be a pathway to fact? Check out this article I wrote on how YA historical fiction can shed light on the voices erased from American history textbooks. Below, find some of the books I recommend for any multicultural historical fiction library:Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 2.55.19 PM.png
  3. On the topic of representation, children’s lit is just as important as YA! Here are some children’s books about the immigrant experience. What do you think? Should I start to feature children’s books on the blog one day?
  4. I love hearing about young people accomplishing amazing things! Fareena Arefeen, a high school junior and daughter of immigrants, has just been named Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate. Read about her, and read one of her poems, here.
  5. Start off your weekend with this stirring TED Talk by George Takei. During these difficult and fearful times, I’m rethinking what “love of one’s country” really means to me.
  6. Lastly, authors like Heidi Heilig are matching donations to fund We Need Diverse Books’s internship grant! This grant changed my life by imparting on me the hope, critical perspective, and courage to try to make positive changes in children’s publishing. If you have the means, donate here! (And then tell me in the comments why you decided to donate 🙂 )

Author Nicola Yoon and why #weneeddiversebooks. Source: weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com

Have a wonderful weekend!


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